Hey yall. I just starting skiing last season. I purchased a pair of Volkl Ledges 162 to get started. I am 5'7-5'8 and weigh in about 212-220 usually..depending on how lazy I am at the gym. I am looking for a new ski for next winter as I found the Ledges decent on groomers, fun in the park (when I was not faceplanting all over the place). I ski just a local small hill and am going to be hitting up Big Sky, Moonlight and probably Sunshine this winter. I do not know what to buy....a majority of my friends say to stay in the 162-170 range due to the fact that I am pretty much a beginner...I dont really have any issues besides faceplanting over jumps. I tend to stay on the groomers and would like to venture into a bit of powder eventually, the park not so much. Basically I am looking for something fun and all-mountain which will last me a few seasons. I have narrowed it down to the following
K2 Recoil..either 164 or 169....unsure of which to go with
Volkl Bridge at 163 - found some really good deals right now
K2 Sight at 169
Salomon 20-12 at 163
Prophet flite or 90 or 98 at 165
These are the 5 I am trying to decide on. Due to the fact I am in the middle of nowhere it is almost impossible to get to a store and find the perfect ski.....so I kind of have to wing it while the prices are good.
Thank you in advance for helping out a noob! your experience and comments will be invaluable to me!